Today's latest news, Hot off the Mess:
Leave it to our governor to produce another Kasich Kerfuffle in response to a question following his speech to the Cleveland City Club on Wednesday. It occurred when a woman in the audience asked him whether he agreed with fellow-Republican Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike Dewine's fellowship with some other Republican AG's in a lawsuit involving employers and contraceptives insurance.
Dewine has never let anybody forget since the day he ran for the office that he wants to slay the Obamacare dragon and has channeled it with religious fervor into an assault on the legality of whether employers should include contraceptives in their employes' insurance coverage.
It's been in all of the papers. The governor, however, batted away the issue by saying he had not heard of the Dewine gambit and ducked the question. Besides, as the governor has boasted, he never reads newspapers because sometimes they leave him unhappy.
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Is it just me, or do you find it a bit odd that two obstinate anti-gun control congressmen will be the featured guests at a dinner celebrating an historic Republican icon?
Yep, that's a reference, folks, to the annual Summit County Republican Lincoln Day dinner. L-I-N-C-O-L-N. The anointed guests are Ohio Reps. Jim Renacci and Dave Joyce, sworn opponents of restrictions on guns.
Is this Lincolnian crowd, who will be dining quite well the night of the repast, April 27, aware of how Lincoln's life was abruptly ended? Was it from the gun of John Wilkes Boothe, the Confederacy sympathizer?
Oh, to be fair, maybe they missed the movie.
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We close with this bit of gloomy insight into the American Century:
According to the respected Public Policy Polling (PPP), 20 pct. of registered Republicans believe President Obama is the Antichrist. ( 6 pct. of Democrats agree!) 37 pct. of Republicans believe global warming is a hoax; 7 pct. says the moon landing was a hoax.
In my poll of today's Plain Dealer op-ed page, one right-wing columnist (Kevin O'Brien), wrote that the Connecticut gun-control law was"ridiculously restrictive" because nothing could have prevented the Newtown massacre. He also threw in the notion that "teaching children is a side job for public schools".
On the other hand, the Beacon Journal reported that charter schools - the answer by the governor and his ilk to creating an enlightened nation - can expect a dismal report card from the Ohio Department of Education's new grading standards next year. Get this: 89 pct. of tax-supported charter schools will get an"F" for their graduation rate; public schools, 7 pct. would receive an "F". Who knew?